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Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives

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​In 2019, the Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force and Wilder Research provided a report to the state legislature. The report included mandates aimed at reducing and ending violence against indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. As a result, the legislature​ created the MMIR Office to provide support and resources for affected indigenous families and communities. 

Gov. Tim Walz​​ signed into law the legislation to establish the first-in-the-nation MMIR Office in 2021. Staff are housed in the Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and will work to implement the recommendations of the MMIW Task Force. ​​​


Our Vision 

Reduce and end violence against all indigenous people​ in Minnesota. ​​

Our Mission

The development and implementation of systemic  legislative and transformative social justice policies paired with the application of sufficient resources, programs, and services that will foster safety, equity, healing, civil and human rights of Indigenous peoples and communities in Minnesota.​

Case Support Request

Case Support for Families

The Minnesota MMIR office provides case support to families during a law enforcement investigation where an Indigenous person is either missing or has suddenly or unexpectedly died (including overdose or suicide).​​

This is an assessment and referral-based service, where office staff work on behalf of victims/survivors and their relatives. This includes connecting them with resources and guiding them through any processes to acquire desired services with special consideration for Indigenous cultural norms and practices.​

Family members are not required to be enrolled with a federally-recognized Tribe in order to request and receive case support services from our office.

Our case support services include:​

  • Emotional support
  • Creating and distributing missing persons flyers
  • Resources and referrals to service providers
  • Communication with law enforcement during an investigation
  • Information on victimization and prevention
  • Assistance with the Crime Victims' Reimbursement application
  • Information and guidance on the criminal justice process
  • Assistance with safety planning
  • Assistance in systems navigating

Case support is provided by our family support liaisons (FSL), who offer information about the different options available to relatives and support their decision making. Our FSLs are committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of confidentiality while supporting those with missing or murdered Indigenous relatives. Services can be provided virtually or in-person, depending on the type of help requested and FSL availability.​

For missing persons cases, our office requires that a report is made to law enforcement before we provide services. If you are hesitant to make a report, or have questions about how to make a report, you can call our office at 651-​201-7344 for further guidance.

If you are interested in requesting case support services, please complete and submit our request form and an FSL will reach out to you within three business days.


Missing and murdered Indigenous relatives license plate now available


In the Ojibwe language, “Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag” (gah-GHEE-gay-MICK-when-da-go-ZEE-wahg) means, “They will be remembered forever.” That’s exactly what the Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) Office and the Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag Reward Fund Board aim to do with the release of a special license plate on this MMIR Day of Remembrance.

The new MMIR plate features a red handprint, which symbolizes the historic silencing of the violence that Indigenous people have faced for generations and the dedication to hearing those voices moving forward. The ribbon skirt includes the sacred colors (red, white, yellow and black) of the four directions: north, south east and west.

“Our missing and murdered Indigenous relatives deserve more than just one day,” said MMIR Office Director Juliet Rudie. “Their cases, as well as their loved ones’ cries for justice, have gone silent for far too long.”

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Minnesota Crime Data Explorer shows that there were six reported Indigenous victims of homicide or non-negligent manslaughter in Minnesota last year. That accounts for 4.41 percent of all reported homicides or non-negligent manslaughters. In 2023 alone, the MMIR Office supported 13 cases with services and resources. Staff also conducted referrals or consults on eight additional cases.

Visibility is key. This license plate amplifies the stories of Minnesota’s missing and murdered relatives. On Feb. 14, Minnesotans bring visibility to MMIR cases in places like Minneapolis, Bemidji, Duluth and throughout Indian Country.

“Every year, families march while carrying signs with their loved one’s name and picture,” said Rudie. “Now they can also buy an MMIR plate to spread awareness every day, with each mile they travel.”

This new plate will be available for order on Feb. 14. It is made on demand so it can be customized. It will cost $15.50 and requires a minimum $25 annual contribution to the Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag Reward Account.

Funds from the reward account will bring awareness to cases, educate the public and prevent future cases. The reward fund board recently developed a policy that will consider rewards for tips that lead to a resolution with MMIR cases through an arrest, conviction or return of the individual.

This plate joins several tribal nations within Minnesota that also have special MMIR license plates. They include: Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Amber Schindeldecker
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